Rescue Cooperation

Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation in the Barents Region

Risk scenarios for major accidents, natural disasters, and man-made emergencies show many similarities in the Barents Region. There are long distances between economic centres, sparsely populated rural communities, limited rescue personnel and equipment, and restricted means for transport and hospital resources available in case of larger accidents.

In this environment, the Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation is working to make most of the widely dispersed resources in the region.
The aim is to improve the possibilites of the rescue service agencies to cooperate across the national, federal and regional borders on emergency and rescue issues in the Barents Region.

The cooperation makes it possible to provide assistance more efficiently, faster and at lower operating cost. As a result, direct access to additional resources and specialised functions in neighbouring countries can be assured and preparedness and prevention measures can be co-ordinated.

The focus of the cooperation is on day-to-day emergency situations, such as traffic accidents, forest fires, tourism related accidents, floods, ice plugs and industrial and chemical accidents. 

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The Joint Committee in Kiruna, September 2019

The objectives and scope of the cooperation have been defined in the Agreement on Cooperation within the field of Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response, which is available in  
EnglishFinnish, NorwegianSwedish and Russian.

To provide guidance in the implementation of the agreement, the Committee has developed an operational tool, the Barents Joint Rescue Manual. The latest version of the Manual (revised December 2020) can be found from the links below:
Barents Joint Manual - main document
Attachment 1 - National points of contacts (restricted, will not be published online) 
Attachment 2 - Request for assistance scheme 
Attachment 3 - SAR situation report 
Attachment 4 - Acknowledgement of request for assistance 
Attachment 5 - Initial offer of assistance 
Attachment 6 - BEAC communications test schedule (restricted, will not be published online) 

The Committee has one subgroup, the Planning and Evaluation Group (PEWG), which assists the Committee in its work and represents it in the planning processes of the main events, such as the Barents Rescue Exercises. The Terms of Reference and contact information for the PEWG can be found here

Barents Rescue Exercises

One of the core activities of the rescue cooperation are the biennal Barents Rescue Exercises, organized in the country of the respective BEAC Chairmanship. 

Relevant documents and presentations from the Barents Rescue exercise in 2019 are listed on a separate webpage. Please visit the page by following this link >> (the page will open in new window).

News update: the international report from Barents Rescue 2019 can be downloaded from this link >> 

Read more about the previous exercises from the links below: 

Agencies and Ministries represented in the Joint Committee:



Mikko Jääskeläinen (chair)

Ministry of the Interior

Tel: +358 295488425




Veera Parko 
Ministry of the Interior 
Tel: +358 295488442, +358 405577611 


Wivi-Ann Wagello-Sjölund
Ministry of the Interior 
Tel: +358 295488640, +358 504563698 


Harri Paldanius 
Emergency service of Lapland  
Tel: +358 201311240, + 358 407654967 


Jari Aalto 
Administration of the province of Lapland 
Rescue Department 
Tel: +358 718762560, +358 405200486 


Hannu Rantanen

Senior specialist
Tel: +358 505215311



Julia Fredriksson
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency 
Tel: +46 102405047, +46 703602033 

Cecilia Looström 
Swedish Civil Continguencies Agency  
Tel: +46 102405034 


Anders Öhlund 
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten 
Tel: +46 102255480 



Aleksey Skantsev 
EMERCOM of Russia, International Cooperation Department 
Tel: +7 495 983 77 43, +7 926 690 14 23 
Fax: +7 495 624 84 10 


Vladimir Kazakov
EMERCOM of Russia, Main Directorate for Murmansk region 
Tel: +7 921 171 84 03


Sveinung Torgersen
Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Department of Public Security
Tel: +47 22 24 56 77 


Bente Jonassen
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Northern Norway
Tel: +47  75559300, +47 95176522


Anders Gundersen
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency
Tel: +47 33412734, +47 93093093


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